Monday Afternoon, June 13, 2016
Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis
Jack Graham You Must FINISH.
II Timothy 2:4-5
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he mayplease him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
The most exciting time of ministry is rounding third and heading home. Do the work of an evangelist. We are witnesses. Southern Baptists are aging and declining. Our membership and baptisms are down, but we are planting more churches than ever before.
Ten Principles Of Creating An Atmosphere Of Evangelism:
1)It begins with the pastor. The fires of evangelism must burn in the pastor. Fulfill your ministry. Be Spirit filled. Christ in you, the hope of glory. Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” King James Version (KJV) Never ever quit. Seek “trumpets in the morning.” Feel the freshness of the call. Keep showing up and be fruitful. Evangelize and burn with fervor.
2)Encourage and develop an invitational culture with your people.
3)Authenticity is critical, especially in this generation. People want to see that it is real and genuine. The pastor must “be” the culture of evangelism. Do the work of an evangelist.
4)Trust in the power of the Gospel. Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Always share the saving Gospel. I Corinthians 9:16 “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
5)Do whatever it takes to reach people for Christ. Example- The four men who took their paralyzed friend to Jesus. Stop making excuses. The world is our mission field. We need revival.
6)Train believers to share their faith.
7)Give an invitation. This models evangelism.
8)Baptize new believers as often as you can. Inside, outside, anywhere.
9)Event Evangelism. The programs are designed to win people to Christ.
10)Mission Trips and Church Plants are great catalysts and activities for evangelism.
2016-2017 Candidates for next years’ pastor’s conference:
President- John Avant and Dave Miller. Dave Miller won the nomination.
Vice President- Greg Davidson.
Treasurer- Toby Frost.
We attended the NAMB Chaplain Luncheon. Our son Matthew is an SBC ordained chaplain in the Federal Penitentiary, as well as in the Air Force Reserve. These men and women met together to hear a couple of talks and the sharing of information. I greatly enjoyed the fellowship. Matthew feels led to plant a church one day, as well as performing his calling in the chaplaincy. Perhaps the ole’ man can be his “right hand man” one day and assist him in this endeavor.